Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Plus Test: Ein Medien-Tablet mit Soundproblemen
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Plus is the newest tablet from the yoga series that differs by a built-in kickstand and an extra large battery of most competitors. Lenovo offers us a high-resolution display and solid mid-class hardware.How good is the Yoga Tab 3 Plus? This is what we want to find with this test.
Incidentally, Lenovo offers the last year seem Yoga Tab 3 Pro continues to. The hardware has received an update and there is still a built-in projector. The Yoga Tab 3 Plus is a cheaper version without beamer. Prices start at 299 euros.
Design and processing
Due to the innovative design, I have already used the first generations of yoga tablets. We get the same design with the Yoga Tab 3 Plus. At the bottom there is a handle, with which one can hold it simply. In this handle is a large battery, but also a kickstand, which can be pushed out at the push of a button.Through the kickstand you can place the tablet at any angle.
The design is great because of the built-in kickstand. You can simply set it up without extra accessories – sounds simple, but with almost all competitors you have to drag an extra stand, for example, to watch a movie on the train or plane. If you want, you can even hang it somewhere thanks to a hole in the stand.
Both the kickstand and the frame are made of aluminum. On the back there is a cover of a kind of artificial leather, which looks quite chic. Overall, the workmanship is very good and solid, since most of it is made of metal. I also noticed two weaknesses.
With my model, the kickstand can only be quite difficult. This is different for the predecessors and also at the IFA I noticed that with the Yoga Tab 3 Plus. Maybe this is an error in my model. Not quite as cleanly processed is also the transition from the frame to the display. With a little pressure you can push the frame away from the display – this does not seem to be bad, but a little more glue would have been good.
Under the display is a loudspeaker bar with 4 JBL speakers, which are quite good for a tablet. A webcam is installed on the side and a 13 megapixel camera is integrated into the handle. On the left is a volume rocker and a USB type C connector. On the other side is a headset port. The power button is integrated into the handle. Under the kickstand is also a map for MicroSD memory cards.
Display: Many pixels
The 10.1 inch IPS display of the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Plus is excellent. With 2560 x 1600 pixel resolution is pretty high, slightly higher than the ASUS zenPad 3S 10 or Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 . Also the remaining properties are good. It is comparatively bright, the viewing angles are very wide and colors are beautifully reproduced.
Because of the high resolution see texts very sharp and synonymous videos can be viewed in 4K resolution wonderful. Lenovo has not saved on the display, I have not criticism here.
Hardware & Performance
In the Yoga Tab 3 Plus is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 OctaCore processor, of which four cores with 1.8GHz and four economical with 1.2GHz clocks. In addition, there is a 3GB large memory and the internal flash memory has a capacity of 32GB. In addition to WLAN and Bluetooth, GPS is also supported and optionally an LTE model can be obtained.
The Snapdragon 652 is a solid medium-class chip, which also reflects the benchmarks. For example, in Geekbench 4, 1322 points are scored in the single core test and 3288 points in the multi-core test. At AnTuTu it is 78726 points. As you can see in the benchmark comparison, the results of AnTuTu are comparatively good.
The performance is quite good in the benchmark and that is also my game test again. Both Dead Trigger 2, Modern Combat 5 and Asphalt 8: Airborne can be played very well. It can occasionally come to smaller ruckers, but overall the performance for the price is good.
Also, I have nothing to complain about the performance. Both the operating system, as well as apps such as YouTube, Lightroom or the Chrome browser run smoothly. This is even if you open many tabs one after the other.
Marshmallow & Software
In the operating system, Lenovo relies on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow and the interface is somewhat adapted. So the Quick Settings and notification bar look different, but otherwise there is hardly any difference compared to standard Android. That is a good thing.
Lenovo has not integrated quite as many additional features as some other vendors do. So there is no MultiWindow feature that allows you to open two apps side by side. For this, however, you can use a gesture to pull out a bar to adjust the brightness, adjust the tone and add effects.
On sound, Lenovo generally attaches great importance to the Yoga Tab 3 Plus. In addition to the four JBL speakers, you can customize the sound on the softwaresided side with the Dolby app. If you are concerned with sound, it will certainly be useful. I however always noticed once again that the soundtrack with a video was not synonymous – whether that is related? Possibly and possibly by software update is easy to fix. Sometimes everything seemed to run as usual, but now and then the mouth movements of a video do not fit perfectly to the soundtrack.
In the video for the test you see an example that I recorded during the playback of a YouTube video.The mouth movements do not fit perfectly to the soundtrack – the difference is very small, but quite noticeable. Occasionally, the distance from the sound to the video was even greater. On other devices, the video from the example sound and video track were perfectly synchronized.
Lenovo now knows of the problem, the support forum there to a discussion . A correct solution, however, is not yet available. The problem is solved by disabling hardware acceleration for each app.But this can hardly be expected of a normal user, especially with a device that is positioned as an entertainment tablet.
The recharge time has always been one of the strengths of the Yoga Tablet series and so it is also with the Tab 3 Plus. According to Lenovo is the 9300mAh unusually large battery for a duration of up to 18 hours. In my test I came up with an accumulator time of just 16 hours. Even if the 18 hours in my test were not reached, 16 hours are a comparatively very good value.
I always carry the same battery test, so also with this one here. Thus, a 720p video runs in an endless loop until the battery is empty. WLAN is switched on, the sound is switched off and the brightness is set to 50 percent. Every now and then, Gmail, Facebook, and other social networks are not enabled.
I consider the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Plus for a perfectly well-implemented tablet. The concept with handle, extra large battery and built-in kickstand I find great. My Akkutest has shown that the tablet on this point is indeed exemplary. Also the rest can be seen at a price of 299 euros – display and speakers are great, the performance is good and also Marshmallow is a solid operating system.
However, some features are missing, which one gets for a bit more money in the competition. This primarily includes a fingerprint reader, the example, the ASUS zenPad 3S 10, Huawei MediaPad M3 and Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 offer. Also a housing completely made of metal would have been nice.
As mentioned in my test, at least my model also has two very big weak points. Thus, the hinge of the kickstand is somewhat difficult and the sound is partially synonymous with videos not synchronous. I could not try a second model, so I do not know how far this is. Other users also report asynchronous sound. These are two points, which you should look at the dealer of your choice if possible before the purchase. Before the problem with the asynchronous sound is solved, I advise not to buy – very bad.